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JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico. For more information about JSTOR, please contact email@example.com. 338 VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE. ABSTRACTS OF VIRGINIA LAND PATENTS. [Prepared by W. G. Stanard.] (338). John Dansey [i], 350 acres in the county of James City, a mile up Chickahominy river, on the north side, and bounded by a creek called Tanks Pasby hayes creek. Due: 50 for the personal adventure of his wife, Alice Dansey, and 300 for the transportation of six persons: John Browne, John Crowelden, John Deane. Cuthbert Rich, John Wal- ers, Hester Brotherton. By West, June 4, 1636. NOTE.  The family of Dansey or Dancy was long resident in James City and Charles City. Francis Dancy patented land in James City in 1686. Benjamin Dancy was a member of the Charles City Committee of Safety 1775-6- (339)- John Dansey, 100 acres in the county of James City, adjoin- ing the land formerly granted to him by patent, and near Checkroes neck. Due for the transportation of two servants: James John, and James Way. By West, June 4, 1636. (340). John Larthroppe, 250 acres in the county of James City, at the head of Keth's creek Due: 100 for the personal adventure of him- self, and wife Bridget, and 150 for the transportation of three servants: Jon. Howgate, Henry Jackson, Robert Jackson. By West, last day of March, 1636. (34c). Levin Denwood [i], 150 acres in Accomac county, on Old Plantation creek, and adjoining the land of Dennis Lane. Due for the transportation of three persons : William Allison, Thomas Harrison, and Robert Lawson. By West, June 18, 1636. note.  Levin Denwood afterwards removed to Somerset county, Mary- land. His name appears in a list of grand jurors of that county in 1672. (342). George Travellor, 500 acres in Accomac county, on Old Plantation creek, and adjoining the land of John Jenkins. Due: 50 for his personal adventure, 50 for the personal adventure of his wife Alice, and 400 for the transportation of eight persons: John Browne, Alice Jones, William Drew, John Ursly, John Mitchell, Winifred Longrave, William Spencer, John Essex. By West, 1636. ABSTRACTS OF VIRGINIA LAND PATENTS. 339 (343)- John Neale, 1,500 acres in Accomack, beginning at the long point on the seaboard side, and abutting south on Smith's Island. Due for the transportation of thirty persons (names below). By West, June 18, 1636. Ann Alport, Richard Milsonn, John Mensby, Edward Paskins, George Bowles, Jon. Bowles, Jon. Curtis, Pearce Neale, Robert Pearce, Abra- ham Penshurst, Edward Gill, Gilbert Bennett, David Northby, James Head, Phillipp Longfield, James Pattison, Bryan Kelly, Richard Smith, Katherine Smith, Elizabeth Pistole, Thomas Adams, William Pearce, Elias Harmon, Ann Prosser, Elizabeth Sherly, William Shaw, Henry Robinson. (344 >. John Neale, 500 acres in Accomack, upon Smith's Island, abutting against his land in the main. Due for the transportation of ten persons (names below). By West, June 18, 1 636. John Hendrye, James Hutchinson, Henry Warner, Richard- Harris, Peter Waneford, Anthony Stersby, Richard Graves, Robert Stackhouse, Thomas Sadler, Thomas Mitchell. (345) William Melling [i], 100 acres in the county of Accomack, at the head of Old Plantation creek. Due: 50 for his personal adven- ture, and 50 by assignment from William Morton, to whom due for his own personal adventure. By West, June 20, 1636. NOTE.  There was recorded in Accomack, the deposition, dated June 9, 1638, of "William Melling, Gent." He was a member of the House of Burgesses from Northampton, July, 1653, and March, 1657-8. Soon after this he returned to England. There is a notice, June 28, 1661, in the Northampton records of "William Mellinge, late of Virginia, now resident in London, Gentlemen." (346) James Berry, 350 acres in Accomack, at Mogatie Bay, adjoin- ing the land of John Alcone. Due: 50 for his personal adventure, 50 for the personal adventure of his wife Elizabeth, and 250 for the trans- portation of five persons, Henry Lee, Mary Nelson, Joseph Hally, Mary Nablett, Robert Man. By West, July 20, 1636. (347) John Forbush, ioo acres in Accomack, on the bay. Due for the transportation of two persons, John Lewis and Christopher Dixon. By West, June 20, 1636. (348) Thomas Smith [i], 150 acres in Accomack, on Fishing Point Neck, near the land of William Berryman , and bounded by the creek which parteth Henry Bagwell's  land from said neck. Due: 50 for his personal adventure, 50 for the personal adventure of his wife Sarah, ■and 50 for the personal adventure of his daughter Ann. By West, June 24, 1636. 340 VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE. NOTES. [i] On June i6, 1636, the court of Accomack granted to Thomas* Smith, cooper, a certificate of his coming into the county (this was to obtain his privilege of a grant of 50 acres). His wife was name Elizabeth.  William Berryman was a church warden of Accomack parish in December, 1633. In February, 1634, he stated in a deposition, his age to be about thirty-two. In 1634, 1635 and 1636 he received certificates for 600 acres of land from the county court. In 1639 he was one of the persons recommended by the court for appointment as sheriff.  Henry Bagwell was a member of the House of Burgesses from Accomack March, 1629-30, and September, 1632. His descendants have resided on the Eastern Shore to the present time. John Bagwell was living in Accomack in 1679, and had a grant of land in Northampton in 1672. . Charles Bagwell was a vestryman of Accomack Parish in 1772. Charles Bagwell, of Accomac, was lieutenant-colonel of militia during the War of 1812. Edmund R. Bagwell (son of Dr. Thomas P. Bagwell, of Accomac) was born in 1839, and died June, 1876; served as a lieuten- ant C. S. A.; was brigadier-general of Virginia militia about 1870, and member of the House of Delegates 1869-76. (349) William Bibby [i], 400 acres in Accomack on the north side of King's Creek, and adjoining on the west the land of Capt. Epps . Due: 50 for his own personal adventure, 50 for the personal adventure of his wife, Mary, and 300 for the transportation of six persons: Jon. Leech, Christopher Colvert, William Steven, Archibald Richard, John Fitz Gar- rail, Ann Gedon. By West, June 24, 1636. NOTES.  On September 25, 1637, William Bibby is spoken of in the Acco- mack records as recently dead.  Captain William Epps, Mrs. Epps, Peter and William Epps were living on the Eastern shore in 1623. In the census of 1624-5 the "mus- ter" of Captain William Epes is given. It included himself, who came in the ship William and Thomas; Margarett Epes, who came in the- George in 1621, and thirteen servants. About 1619 Captain William Epps killed " in a private quarrel," Captain Stallinge. There is among the Accomack records (at Northampton C. H. ) a power of attorney from William Epes, of the Island of St. Christopher's, Esq., to William Stone, in regard to Epes' property on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. It is dated July 18, 1633. (350). Captain Christopher Colthropp, 100 acres being a second divident according to a patent signed by Sir George Yeardley, Kt., to- John Huddleston, mariner, dated April 26, 1621, and assigned over by ABSTRACTS OF VIRGINIA LAND PATENTS. 341 Richard Cox, attorney of Hudleston, to Colthropp, lying on Water's ■creek, in Elizabeth City. By West, July 5, 1636. (351). Captain Christopher Calthropp, ioo acres in the county of Charles River within the New Poquoson, at the head of Powell's creek. Due for the transportation of two persons: Christopher Watts, Sr., and Christopher Watts, Jr. By West, July 5, 1636. (352)- John Chandler [i], 1,000 acres in Elizabeth City county, bounded on the west by Harris' creek, and extending easterly towards Point Comfort creek, and lying on a bay, being on the inside of the broken islands. Due: 50 for Ihe personal adventure of his now wife Elizabeth Chandler, and 950 for the transportation of nineteen persons (names below). By West, July 6, 1636. Elizabeth Chandler, Thomas Herrick, Sr.,  Thomas Herrick, Jr., George Chowning, Jon. Foster, Sarah Hatcher, Joane Bayly, Robert Davis, Jon. Udall, William Blaye, Morgan Archellon, Elizabeth Garrett, Thomas Blayse, Jon. Roads, William Whitfield, Jon. Christer, Luke Richardson, Ralph Hunt, Thomas Bates, Joane Catesby. NOTES. . John Chandler was member of the House of Burgesses from Elizabeth City, in November, 1645, and November, 1647, and a Justice of that county in 1652. There is among the Accomac records a joint bond, dated February 17, 1639, from John Chandler, of Newport News, planter, and Samuel Chandler, merchant, of London. . Thomas Herrick, or Heyrick, was a Burgess for Elizabeth City, in 1629-30. Henry Heyrick (who is stated in a note in the Richmond Standard, to have been his nephew), was Burgess for Warwick, 1644, and 1644-5. (353). John Chew [i]. "Whereas theUsuall policy & Custome of all Nations but in more espetiall manner of the State of England, have as well in antient as Moderne Times for the safeguard and securitie of the Inland Country afforded & induced the Frontier Inhabitants w'th diverse privileges and imunities tending to the inabling them to make the better resistance against both open invasions and sudden incursions of the neare confining and Contiguous Enemie according to the rules of Justice and Equity, poising thereby and ballancing their greater & more immanent share of danger w'th the guerdon and reward of spetiall and p'ticular & fitt in Isitac'on whereof the Govern'r & Councell by order of Court bearing date at James Citty the 8th of October, 1630, for the se- curing and taking in of a tract of Land called the forrest bordering upon the Cheife residence of the Pamunky King, the most dangerous head of the Indian Enemie, did after much consultation thereof had decree and sett doune severall Portions of land for each Comander and fifteen acres 342 VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE. p. polle for all other p'sons whoe for the first yeare and five & twentie acres per pole for all such whoe the second yeare should adventure or be adventured to seate and inhabite on the Southerne side of Pamunkye river, now called Charles river, and then knowne by the Indian name of Chisciake [a], as a reward and encouragm't for such their undertaking, as by the said order more at large appeareth." Therefore there is a grant to John Chew, gent., of five hundred acres in the county of Charles River, bounded on the north by the main river, on the east by English his creek, west by north by Clarkson's creek, south and west by neck of land. Due said John Chew according to the aforesaid order, for the ad- venture of himself and nine persons to Charles River. By West, July 6, 1636. NOTES.  For an account of John Chew and his family see this Magazine, I, 87-8, 197.  Chiskiake was on York river, above the present Yorktown ; now called Cheescake. (354). John Chew, gent., 700 acres in the county of Charles River, bounded on the west and north by the 500 acres before granted, on the north and east by the main river, south and west by a small bay, and on the south by the great bay. Due for the transportation of fourteen per- sons (names below). By West, July 7th, 1636. William Winifrett, George Goodin, Tho. Tompkins, John Vaughan, Robert Parr, Chr. Evans, Ann Waterman, Arnall Freaz, Walter Hasle- wood, Jon. Weston, Thos. Winard, one negro woman, John Chew, 162a; John Chew, 1623. (355). William Armistead , 450 acres in the county of Elizabeth City, bounded on the southeast by the land of Mr. Southall, on the northeast by the land of John Branch, on the east by the creek, and west by the woods. Due for the transportation of nine persons (names below). By West, July 7, 1636. Ann his wife, Rowland Owen, Rich. Clements, Robt. Gleniston, Jonath. David, Rich. Banks, Robt. Kendall, Andr. Strecher, Gilbert Guy. NOTE. . For accounts of the Armistead family see Keith's Ancestry of Benjamin Harrison, and William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. VI. (356). Richard Bennett, gent. 350 acres, being a neck of land lying near a mile within a creek called Sandy creek, being the first creek to the westward of Craney point; situated between Nanzemond and Elizabeth rivers. Due for the transportation of seven persons: Thos. Jefferies, Wm. Ford, Jon. Jolly, Robert Farthin, James Mallett, Thos. Bennett, John Robinson. By West, July 7, 1636. ABSTRACTS OF VIRGINIA LAND PATENTS. 343 '357)i Thomas Markham [i], 300 acres in the county of Henrico; bounded on the north by Four Mile creek, on the west by the river, and south by Curies, joining upon Bayly's land; due as follows: 100 acres in the right of his wife Susan, relict of Robert Greenleafe, to whom the land was due as an ancient planter before the time of Sir Thomas Dale; 50 acres for the personal adventure of the said Thomas Markham, and 100 acres for the transportation of two persons, John Foker and Richard Wall. By West, July 11, 1636. NOTE. . It is believed that the Markhams of Chesterfield. Powhatan, &c, descended from this patentee. Thomas Markham lived in Henrico, 1679, Arthur Marcum in 1721, and Thomas Markham in Goochland, 1732. There is, it is believed, no grounds for the statement in the Oc- tober Magazine (p. 205), that Jno. Markham, who died in Chesterfield in 1765, was a native of England, and married a daughter of Governor Mathews of New York. There was no Governor of New York of that name, or if Governor Mathews of Virginia is meant, it is impossible, for he died, an old man, in 1659. (358) Edward Sparshott, 200 acres in the county of Charles City at Merchants' Hope Creek, on the south side of the land formerly granted to said Sparshott; due as follows: 50 acres for his own personal adventure; 50 for the personal adventure of his son, Edward Sparshott, and 100 for the transportation of two persons, Jeremiah Hayts and Jere- miah Watts. By West, July 11, 1636. This patent was renewed, with an addition of 150 acres, by Sir John Harvey. (359) Humphrey England, 200 acres in the county of James City, being a neck of land on Chickahominy River, adjoining the land granted to John Dancy, "pointing towards Checkral's neck;" due for his per- sonal adventure, and for the transportation of his wife, Mary England, of his brother, John England, and of his son, Humphrey England. By West, July 12, 1636. (360) Elizabeth Parker, widow, 500 acres in the County of Hen- rico between Curies and Varinas, bounded on the south by the main river, and on the east by Four Mile Creek; due in right of her late hus- band, Serjeant William Sharpe, who, as appears by certificate of Henrico Court, dated April 25, 1636; transported nine servants and two negroes (names below) and due her 50 more for one of the negroes. By West, July 12, 1636. Rich. Vase, John Thomas, Lewis Jones, Leon. Laughton, William Cooke, Peter Whadsey, Edward Jones, Jon. Ward, Wm. Woolley, two negroes. 344 VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE. (361) Thomas Curtis [i], 300 acres in the County of Charles River, bounded on the north by the New Poquoson River, on the west by John Hayney's branch, and on the east by the glebe land; due: 200 by deed of sale from John Davis, and 100 for the transportation of two persons, Jon. Hether and Jon. Roberts. By West, July 14, 1636. NOTE.  A Thomas Curtis, aged twenty-four, lived at Elizabeth City in January, 1624. and had come in the ship Flying Harte in 1621. In May, 1639, Thomas Curtis (the patentee above) was granted 100 acres at the head of the Old Poquoson; in August, 1642, 400 acres on Mobjack Bay, Curtis' Creek and Ware River; at same time, 700 acres on Mobjack Bay and Blackwater Creek; July 16, 1649, " Mr. Thomas Curtis," 300 acres near North River and Mobjack Bay; September, 1652, 670 acres on North River; September, 1652, 1,150 acres on North River, Blackwater and Pheasant Creeks (700 a regrant of that of 1642); September, 1652, 542 acres on Ware River (400 a regrant of that of 1642); October, 1656, "Major Thomas Curtis," eighty-eight acres additional to the grant of 542 acres; November, 1661, an inclusive grant of the tracts of 730 and 1,150 acres. Major Thomas Curtis' daughter, Averilla, married Robert Bristow, of Ayot St. Lawrence, Herts., England, who had emigrated to Virginia in 1660, and acquired large landed estates in the colony. He returned to England, but his Virginia estates were long held by his descendants, though resident in England. See Burk's Landed Gentry. Major Thomas Curtis and Averilla, his wife, also had a daughter, Sarah, born in Ware Parish, Gloucester, August 16, 1657. She married, first, "Mr. William Half hide," and, secondly, Mr. Richard Perrott, of Middlesex county ( Christ Church Register). Major Curtis may also have had sons. (362) William Eyres, 150 acres in the County of Warrosquoyacke, on the Nean River, being an island called the Long Pond; due by order of Court December 6, 1634, and due for his personal adventure, and for the transportation of two persons, Robert Stanney and John Wood. By West, July 14, 1636. (363) Jeremiah Dickinson , 300 acres in the county of James City, bounded on the west by Upper Chippoack's Creek & beginning at a bay called Swanie's Bay. Due for the transportation of six persons. By West, June 14, 1636. NOTE.  Jeremiah Dickinson, aged twenty-eight, who had come in the Margett & John, 1620, and Eliz. Dickinson, aged thirty-eight, who had come in the Margett & John, 1623, were living at Elizabeth City in 1624. (364) Henry Williams, 150 acres in the county of Accomacke on ABSTRACTS OF VIRGINIA LAND PATENTS. 345 Old Plantation Creek, & adjoining the land of Henry Charlton; due: ioo as an ancient planter, & 50 acres for the transportation of Susan An- drewes. By West, Sept. 6, 1636. (365). William Roper [i], ioo acres in Accomacke, being a small neck, lying between the lands of John Dennis and Henry Charlton; due: 50 for his personal adventure; and 100 for the transportation of two ser- vants, Wm. Jacob and George Cottington. By West, Sept. 6, 1636. NOTE.  Capt. Wm. Roper was a prominent citizen of the Eastern Shore; Burgess 1636, and justice from 1637. (366). Robert Drake, 200 acres in Accomacke, beginning at the half way tree, and bounded on the west by the main bay; due in right of his late father Robert Drake, who transported himself, his son Robert Drake, the new patentee, his wife Joane Drake, and his daughter Eliza- beth Drake. By West, Sept. 8, 1636. (367). Thomas Hunt, 50 acres in Accomacke at the Old Plantation Creek, & adjoining the land of Thomas Smith; due for his personal ad- venture. By West, Sept. 8, 1636. (368). Edward Drew [i], 300 acres in Accomacke, adjoining the lands of Mr. John Howe and Thos. Powell; due for the transportation of six persons, John Ripley, Peter Higginson, Richard Wanes, George Hall, Thomas Stidwell, William Carter, NOTE.  Edw'd Drewe, aged 22, was living in Elizabeth City, and was ves- tryman of Accomac 1635. His wife was Marie. (3 6 9)- John Harlowe [i], 300 acres in Accomack at the Old Plan- tation Creek; due: 50 for his personal adventure, and 250 for the trans- portation of five persons, Ann Harlow his wife, Agnes Harlow his daughter, Stephen Harlow his son, Mathew Peake, Wm. Peale. NOTE.  John Harlowe, aged 22, lived at Elizabeth City in 1624, and had come in the Sampson in 1618. (370) Thomas Gaskins [i], 300 acres in Accomack on Old Plantation Creek; due: 50 acres for his own personal adventure, and 250 for the transportation of five persons: Josias Gambling, Josias Gaskins, Eliza- beth Gaskins, Alice Gaskins and Mary Gaskins. By West, September 9, 1636. 8 346 VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE. fi] From this Thomas Gaskins. is believed to have descended the family of the name in Northumberland, &c. On May 26, 1653, Thomas Gaskins, of Northumberland county, made a deposition in which he stated his age to be fifty-two years. A deed, dated July 19, 1657, from Thomas Gaskins, of Northumberland county, to his cousin, Elizabeth, daughter of John Gamlin, of the same county, would seem to prove his identity with the patentee in Accomac. The will of "Thomas Gas- coyn " (which, however, is signed "Thomas Gaskin"), dated June 20, 1663, and proved in Northumberland November 9, 1665, names his sons, Josias, John and Henry Gascoyn. The will of Isaac Gaskins was dated October 22, 1709, and proved in Northumberland January 8, 1712, names as legatees his sons Isaac and Samuel, wife, son Thomas, wife, and his daughters Sarah, Elizabeth and Hannah. Appoints his brothers, Thomas Gaskins and Bartholomew Schrever, overseers of his will. The will of Francis Gaskins was dated September 1, 1738, and proved in Northum- berland September 10, 1739. His legatees were his sons Isaac and Jesse, and daughter Leamiah. Notices of various members of the family will be found in Hayden's "Virginia Genealogies," including Thomas Gaskins, of Northumber- land, who was Lieutenant-Colonel Third Virginia Regiment, Continental Line. (37 1 ) John Wilkins, 1300 acres in Accomack (sic, but Warenchs- quicke, or Nansemond evidently intended) on the east side of Nanze- mund river, adjoining the land of Mr. White and James Knott. Due: 50 acres for his own personal adventure, and 1,250 for the transportation of twenty-five persons (names below). By West, September 9, 1636. Bridget Craft, Agnis Modlam, Rosamas Yetman, Henry Medcalfe, George Lee, Paul Trendall, Thomas Vincent, Joane Harriman, Richard Ganes, Mary Wells, David Kiffin, Wm. Woolfe, Richard Leake, William Hutchinson, Anthony Stensby, Robert Hackhouse, William Willbourne, Michael Bryant, William Crier, Rowland Raine, Edward Cosett, Thom- asie, a maid, his negro, Stephen Barnett, William Crossman. (372) George Holmes, 200 acres in James City county, beginning at a great swamp which lies on the north side of the land of Samuel Snead, and adjoining, on the west, the land of Mr. Harwood. Due: 50 acres for his own personal adventure, 50 for the personal adventure of his wife Rebecca, and 100 for the transportation of two servants, Thomas Browne and Robert Sharpe. By West, Sept. 12, 1636. (373). Richard Pierce, 600 acres in the County of James City, being a neck of land on the south side of Chickahominy river; due: 50 acres for the personal adventure of his now father, Thomas Ward, and 550 in right ABSTRACTS OF VIRGINIA LAND PATENTS. S47 of his late father, Richard Pierce, to whom it was due for the transpor- tation of eleven persons (names below). By West, Sept. 12th, 1636. Thomas Wame, Christopher Young, Thomas Cansby, John Woodall, George Barker, Richard Bricktrell, Jon. Carter, John Wright, Mat. Mar- tin, Michael Sparrier, Christopher Young. (374). Samuel Curly, 200 acres in James City County, on Tanks Pasbyhayes Creek, and bounded on the north east by the Chickahominy river: due: 100 acres by deed of Sale, dated July 9, 1636, from Alex- ander Stoner (due said Stoner for the transportation of two servants, Robert Pittwell, and Sampson Double) and 100 to said Curly for the transportation of two persons, Mary Curly his wife, and Robert Pettitt. By West, September 12, 1636. (375)- John Bridges, 250 acres in the County of Warrisquick, ad- joining the land formerly granted to him, and bounded on the northwest by the Warrisquick River; due: 50 acres for his own personal adventure, and 200 for the transportation of four persons. By West, September 13, 1636. "August the 12th, 1663, this patent was made to John Gatlin his name. Teste Fr. Kirkman " [Clerk of the Council]. (376) Justinian Cooper [i], 1,050 acres in the County of Warris- quick, bounded on the northeast by the head of Lawne's Creek, south- east by the Back Greek, and northeast by his dwelling house, &c; due: 50 acres for his personal adventure, and 1,000 for the transportation of twenty persons (names below). By West, September 13, 1636. Richard Casey, Nicholas Man, John Curtis, John Cokes, Henry Rann- cifull, Clement Evans, Henry Bonney, James Smith, George Stacy, Wil- liam Redman, George Archer, William Bannister, William Cooke, Samuel Eldrige, William Nosse, Mary Clinton, Jon. Davis, Robert Radge, Richd. Smith, William Underwood. NOTE.  Justinian Cooper, gent., patented 1,120 and 1,350 acres of land near the head of Seward's Creek, in Isle of Wight, in 1645, part of which had been granted hipi in 1637.